One of the most successful game shows in history, Wheel of Fortune actually is a version of the children's game Hangman (with a large carnival wheel and prizes added). The game show, which did modestly well in the 1970s, became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1980s through syndication and made household names out of its hosts, Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Simply put, the Wheel has never stopped spinning since its premiere as an NBC daytime show that winter day in January 1975. (Ironically, the series replaced Jeopardy!, which later in 1984 when it returned, became its current companion in syndication.) The rules of the game
Three contestants -- at various times during the run, including a returning champion -- compete. The host announces a category to a mystery puzzle (person, place, thing, phrase, quotation, event, landmark, occupation, etc.). The puzzle was originally contained on a three-tier, 36-space board (in 1981, changed to a four-tier, 52-space board; and in 1997, an all-e
Adam, Renee, Trisha
Chrisoula, Marlene, Jack
Lyn, Caitlin, Seneca
Randy & Barbie, Jen & K.C. Dale & Steve
Becky and Brady Kapanka (1.5 yrs.): she's a director of a child-care program at Linda Vista ES while he's an IT at a medical device co.; they're from Aliso Viejo. Jessica and Tony Velez (8 yrs.): she's a hairstylist/makeup artist while he's a fuel truck driver; they're from Orlando. Jen and Mike Pasieka (2 yrs.): she works for an IT consulting firm while he's a portfolio manager in downtown Chicago.